This week I’m sharing a really interesting, and hopefully useful, conversation with Morgan Romine that delves into some of the trickier areas of the state of online gaming, competitive gaming, esports, and the diversity problems that float around this industry like a really bad smell.
This week on The Esports Moment we go one-on-one with Jack Harari, Vice President of International Partnerships at Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. That means all the esports action outside the US across all the Blizzard and Activision esports – especially Overwatch League, which we dig into in our chat.
Another podcast from our journey to Katowice, Poland, for Intel Extreme Masters, as Seamus caught up over a coffee with Erik Anderson, FaZe Clan’s Head of Esports.
This week we’re bringing you one of the best voices in the business for selling what esports has to offer to big business. Nicola Piggott is the co-founder of Story Mob, an esports communications consultancy that works closely with some of the biggest teams and brands in the industry. Team Liquid, G2, Splyce, Kinguin, Riot Games and many more.
This week I popped into the IGN studio to get face to face with Cam Shea and geek out about all the latest news around Hearthstone. We dive into the Year of the Dragon, the Specialist esports format, the Rise of Shadows announcement and the idea of a whole story threading through the year ahead. Plus how important this year’s rotation is as well as those early Hall of Fame moves.
The OWL grand concept of city-based teams playing regularly out of their home cities is set to become real in 2020. A lot doubted if the idea could truly happen – but next season, it’s on!
Over at IEM I caught up with two of the Aussie casters covering all the action from the Starcraft stage. Usually we only ever get one of these great Australians calling on the world stage at a time, so it was special to be able to catch both Jared ‘PiG’ Krenzel and Leigh ‘Maynarde’ Mandalov behind the scenes on the other side of the world.
This week I’ve got two of the members of the Fnatic Rainbow Six team – team captain Etienne ‘Magnet’ Rousseau, and coach/manager Jayden ‘Dizzle’ Saunders.
I sit down with two of the key brains behind Rainbow Six Siege and its smart and steady rise toward the top tier of global esports. Esports Director François-Xavier Dénièle and Brand Director Alexandre Remy. We talk about the road so far, the moves to open up their ecosystem to more third-party tournament partners, and their ambitions for the year ahead (and beyond).
It has been a very nervous wait for Hearthstone esports fans, with a slow road to finding out how they were changing things up for the 2019 season and beyond. We finally got the news and it feels like quite the mixed bag.